Karen Dolmanisth

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Dolmanisth is an internationally recognized artist who works in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and time-based, multi-media installations. Her work integrates elements of movement, form, space, and light, into transformative performance Happenings. 

Her work has been featured in Exit Art’s retrospective, Renegades, 25 years of Performance Art, Exit Art’s Fever, The Studio Visit, The Garden Of Sculptural Delights, in numerous publications, including Harry N. Abrams’ compendium, NEW ART, featuring the 100 most influential international artists of the 90’s, and Wenn Die Kinder Sind Im Dunkeln, Published by Weiner Secession, Wien, Austria.

Dolmanisth exhibited by invitation, commissioned sculptural installations at the Secession Museum, Vienna, Austria, Eusebiusbuitensingel 52, Arnhem, the Netherlands, Art Chamber Gallery, Goa, India, Qeritica Gallery, Varanasi, India, and Aurodhan Art Gallery, Pondicherry, India, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, Exit Art, New York City, NY, La MaMa and Joyce SoHo, New York City, NY, Wexner Center for Contemporary Art, Columbus, OH, William Benton Museum, Storrs, CT, Mead Museum, Amherst, MA, and University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst, MA. 

She has earned numerous grants and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Artist’s New Forms Project Grant, a Bekshire Taconic Individual Artist Grant Award, a Connecticut College Dayton Artist in Residence Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship, Artist Resource Trust Award, several Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants, and a nomination for the prestigious Rappaport Prize.

Her teaching career includes the University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts, the Banaras Hindu University, Banaras, India, the Academy of Art and Design, S’Herto D’en Bosse, Netherlands, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, Keene State College, Vermont College, and the University of Massachusetts, School of Fine Arts. 

Dolmanisth earned her BFA, Summa Cum Laude, combining studies in Visual Arts and Semiotics at Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design, and the New School For Social Research, New York, and her MFA, Summa Cum Laude, in Sculpture and New Media at the University of Massachusetts and Hampshire College in Massachusetts. 

She has maintained a studio practice for over 35 years, continuing to exhibit both nationally and internationally, and works on projects by commission.